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Respiratory Care

Associate’s Degree

The field of respiratory care is one of the most important and rewarding in healthcare. Respiratory therapists provide care for patients who have trouble breathing. They also teach breathing techniques to patients in rehabilitation centers and conduct asthma and smoking cessation programs. In addition, respiratory therapists provide home care to patients who cannot travel to a medical site by demonstrating the operation of ventilators and other life-support systems.

Virginia College: Your First Step to a Respiratory Therapist Career

The 24-month Respiratory Care associate's degree program from Virginia College is taught by experienced instructors are experts in the field of respiratory care. They can help prepare you for a career as a respiratory therapist with a combination of clinical knowledge and hands-on training using industry-current laboratory equipment.

What You Will Learn for Your Respiratory Therapist Career

This intense hands-on program will help you gain real-world experience in the respiratory therapy field while learning the skills and techniques you need to be successful in your career. Upon graduation from this program, graduates should be able to:

  • Describe the methodology utilized by the respiratory care practitioner
  • Articulate the fundamentals of respiratory care
  • Recognize the medical components of the human body by thorough study of anatomy and physiology
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of diagnostics, treatments and rehabilitation in respiratory care
  • Analyze the workings of ventilator therapy and other artificial breathing apparatus
  • Differentiate among the various components of effective respiratory care
  • Be recommended to the National Board for Respiratory Care to be allowed to sit for the appropriate credentialing examination*
  • Coordinate a job search

Virginia College's respiratory care degree program is designed to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT’s).

Getting On-the-job Training as a Respiratory Therapist

The final year of the Respiratory Care program is comprised of clinicals, where you will work at a variety of medical sites. During this on-the-job experience, you will practice your clinical skills and build confidence in your training.

Respiratory Therapist Accreditation and Certifications

For information about program accreditation, certification exams and specific class requirements at the campus nearest you, please select a location below.

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Take the first step toward a fulfilling career that makes a difference in the lives of others. Complete the Request More Information form now and learn more about the Respiratory Care associate's degree program at Virginia College.

Available at the following locations:

Austin, Texas 

The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care Program at Virginia College - Austin holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program. 

Commission on Accreditation 
for Respiratory Care 
1248 Harwood Road 
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 
(817) 283-2835 

Visit for Commission on Accreditation (CoARC) for Respiratory Care Programmatic Outcomes Data

Birmingham, Alabama

The Respiratory Care Associate of Science degree program offered at the Birmingham, Alabama campus of Virginia College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) ( CoARC accredits degree-granting programs in respiratory care that have undergone a rigorous process of voluntary peer review and have met or exceeded the minimum accreditation Standards set by the CoARC. The CoARC accredits only respiratory care programs offered by, or located within institutions chartered by and physically located within the United States and its territories, and where students are geographically located within the United States and its territories for their education.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 
1248 Harwood Road 
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 
(817) 283-2835

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